Stories for October 2019


Thursday, October 31

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Full Squad Ahead: KU rolls to 102-42 win over Pitt State

It was the Kansas fans who received the biggest treat on Halloween night, watching the Jayhawks, with their full complement of weapons for the first time, drub visiting Pittsburg State, 102-42, in the exhibition finale at Allen Fieldhouse. By Shane Jackson

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KU Basketball Notebook: Freshman Jalen Wilson returns to the bench; senior Isaiah Moss gets in

After a one-game stint in the starting lineup last week, Kansas freshman Jalen Wilson was back on the bench at the start of KU’s exhibition finale against Pittsburg State on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Quick Recap: Kansas rolls past Pitt State 102-42

One week after a somewhat sluggish, 30-point win over Fort Hays State, the Jayhawks had no desire to let visiting Pittsburg State hang around in this one, rolling to a 102-42 victory.

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KUsports Live: Kansas basketball vs. Pittsburg State

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Dineens looking forward to Sunflower Showdown's brother vs. brother matchup

Joe Dineen felt confident roughly a decade ago that the oldest of his three younger brothers, Jay, possessed the fire required to play linebacker. Jay didn’t prove this to Joe on a football field, though. Joe’s revelation came in the basement of their parents’ home in Lawrence. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, October 30

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Big 12 reprimands KU for football fans' field-storming

Other universities fined for similar incidents

The Big 12 Conference reminded football fans Wednesday evening that it frowns upon them celebrating their favorite team’s victory on the field.

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K-State's Chris Klieman lauds KU's offense ahead of Sunflower Showdown

It might have been easier than some would expect for Kansas State’s football players to flip the page this week and move on from a victory over Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma. According to Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman, the way their in-state rival Kansas Jayhawks are playing had something to do with that. By Benton Smith

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Sophomore forward David McCormack to start KU's exhibition finale Thursday night

Unwilling to ditch the idea altogether but also well aware of the challenges that playing two big men presents, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is changing things up for the Jayhawks' exhibition finale against Pittsburg State. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 29

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'I didn't expect this': WR Stephon Robinson Jr. emerges as key KU playmaker

Kansas football coach Les Miles, happily reciting some statistics from his team’s just completed victory over Texas Tech on Saturday night, had to stop himself after reading the stat line for Stephon Robinson Jr. “Oh, my goodness,” the giddy coach remarked, after saying the numbers out loud. By Benton Smith

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Even with added pressure, Jalen Wilson is comfortable with expectations of upcoming freshman season

Coming in as the highest rated recruit in the class of 2019 for Kansas — No. 47 according to Rivals — freshman forward Jalen Wilson understands the pressure placed upon him.

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NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness

The NCAA took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness."

Monday, October 28

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Jayhawks sense buzz leading up to Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence

It’s not often that a Kansas football game in November is greeted with anticipation in the days leading up to it. With the Jayhawks winning three or fewer games each of the past nine years, a late-season malaise became the norm for many within the fan base. Something about this season, and this week’s Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State, feels distinctly different, though, to KU’s veterans. By Benton Smith

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Notebook: Jayhawks win Big 12 weekly awards; league acknowledges clock mistake at Texas

Although his head coach, Les Miles, described Carter Stanley being named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week as “wonderful,” the Kansas football team’s starting quarterback went out of his way to downplay the honor. By Benton Smith

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There's a $1.5M difference between average head coaching salaries for men's, women's teams at KU, report shows

According to KU's annual Equity in Athletics report, at the University of Kansas the average salary of head coaching positions of men’s teams is over $1.5 million more than that of the head coaches of women’s teams. The report, which was due Oct. 15 to the NCAA, was recently requested and acquired by the Journal-World. The report also notes that women's teams, in contrast to men's, lose millions of dollars a year.

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'I was playing for him': Kansas defense steps up following Bryce Torneden's ejection

Kansas senior safety Mike Lee didn’t agree with the call, but there was no looking back after it happened.

Sunday, October 27

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KU won’t release report it cites as evidence against NCAA allegations

‘How can the public believe what the university says?’ attorney asks

Amid allegations that the University of Kansas basketball program committed recruiting violations, the university has cited a report to argue that its record of compliance with NCAA rules was on par with “the industry standard.” However, when the Journal-World requested a copy of the report, KU officials declined to provide it.

No. 23 Jayhawks record 2-2 draw at TCU

A goal for both sides in the final three minutes of regulation saw the No. 23 Kansas Jayhawks and TCU Horned Frogs settle for a 2-2 draw Sunday afternoon at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

KU women's basketball falls to Pitt State in exhibition opener

The Kansas women’s basketball team fell to Pitt State 90-82 in its first exhibition game of the 2019-20 season in Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday.

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Specialists steal spotlight in wild KU football victory

Incognito no longer, a couple of Kansas football specialists found themselves directly in the middle of the limelight as the Jayhawks and their fans alike rollicked Saturday night on the field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. There would have been no party at all at the fourth quarter’s conclusion without long snapper Logan Klusman and kicker Liam Jones. By Benton Smith

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'He's a stud': QB Carter Stanley and KU's offense regroup to beat Tech

A little more than an hour after the entire Kansas football team celebrated its last-second victory over Texas Tech with a swarm of fans on the turf Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, quarterback Carter Stanley tried his best to recall the “blur” of the frenzied scene to reporters when a shout from the hallway interrupted him. “He’s a stud!” offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon shouted in the direction of Stanley, following the senior’s 415-yard performance in a 37-34 KU win. By Benton Smith

Saturday, October 26

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Shane Jackson: KU’s depleted defense records crucial stops in 37-34 win over Red Raiders

An already shorthanded Kansas defense lost an integral player within nine minutes Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

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Notebook: Former KU safety Darrell Stuckey joins Ring of Honor during homecoming tilt

In the days leading up to his Ring of Honor ceremony Saturday night, it wasn’t an interception or some type of game-swinging takeaway that stood out to former Kansas football safety Darrell Stuckey, as he reflected on his days in the Jayhawks’ secondary.

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Liam Jones drills game-winning field goal to lift Kansas past Texas Tech for 37-34 win

The entire Jayhawks roster had one thing in mind once the game clock expired Saturday night: chasing down the man who just made their 37-34 victory over Texas Tech possible. Benton Smith

Jayhawks fall in three sets to No. 4 Texas

Kansas volleyball fell in three sets against No. 4 Texas on Saturday afternoon inside Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena in the first of its two meetings with the Longhorns this season.

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KUsports Live: Kansas football vs. Texas Tech

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Friday, October 25

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Game Day Breakdown: KU football vs. Texas Tech

Head coach Les Miles handed the offensive keys over to Brent Dearmon during KU’s midseason bye week, and the new coordinator didn’t disappoint in his debut at Texas, where the Jayhawks nearly won a shootout. Now Dearmon, senior quarterback Carter Stanley and company have a new challenge: proving that wasn’t a one week wonder. By Benton Smith

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KU officials can't say whether KU officially told NCAA it doesn't see Adidas' Gassnola as a booster

University of Kansas officials either can’t or will not say whether KU communicated to the NCAA that it only considered former Adidas employee and recruiting fixer T.J. Gassnola a "booster" to the program for an eligibility case.

Thursday, October 24

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Benton Smith: KU center Udoka Azubuike taken out of comfort zone in exhibition opener

Udoka Azubuike hadn’t played a real basketball game in nearly 10 months. And he won’t officially play one until Kansas takes on Duke in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Benton Smith

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KU's perimeter defense paves way for 86-56 win over Fort Hays State

It was supposed to be the Kansas size that overwhelmed and swallowed up visiting Fort Hays State during Thursday’s exhibition opener at Allen Fieldhouse. Instead, it was the menacing KU defense that paced the Jayhawks to an 86-56 victory. Matt Tait

KU soccer records 1-1 draw with West Virginia

Two halves and a pair overtimes weren’t enough to decide a winner.

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Notebook: Mitch Lightfoot could still redshirt after coming off bench against Fort Hays State

Not expected to play in Thursday’s 86-56 exhibition victory over Fort Hays State, Kansas senior Mitch Lightfoot found himself on the floor and in the Kansas lineup 4:10 into the game.

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Quick recap: No. 3 Jayhawks top Tigers in exhibition opener

Over seven months after a lopsided loss to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas fans got their first look at this year’s No. 3-ranked squad.

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KUsports Live: Kansas basketball vs. Fort Hays State University

Welcome to KUsports Live coverage of today's game against Fort Hays State University

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'Farfetched opportunity' awaits Darrell Stuckey, KU's next Ring of Honor member

Like most college football players, Darrell Stuckey didn’t give much thought when he arrived at the University of Kansas as a freshman about the possibility of seeing his name commemorated inside the stadium where he played.

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Kansas K Liam Jones flushing blocked kicks from his mind

In a narrow, last-second loss for the Kansas football team at Texas this past weekend, a number of mistakes at various junctures of a wild game in Austin prevented the Jayhawks from pulling off the upset victory. Some special teams failures, by KU’s kicking unit in particular, stood out in a 50-48 loss. But junior kicker Liam Jones said this week he and his teammates plan to learn from their mistakes. By Benton Smith

Wednesday, October 23

KU volleyball falls to Kansas State in 5 sets

The Kansas volleyball team suffered a 3-2 loss (33-31, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22, 15-9) to Kansas State Wednesday night at Ahearn Field House.

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KU argues with NCAA that Adidas isn't a booster, but sends out flyer to local businesses suggesting otherwise

Whether former Adidas consultants — and now convicted felons — were boosters of KU Athletics is a big question in the NCAA’s case against the university. KU leaders this week sent out a flyer to thousands of local businesses that may create some confusion about that argument. The Kansas Athletics Compliance Office this week sent an electronic copy of its “Guide for Jayhawk Supporters” to many businesses in the Lawrence area.

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KU coach Bill Self defends texts that led to notice of allegations

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday defended his text message conversations with now-convicted former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola. Matt Tait

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Bill Self 'proud' to see KU football 'on an uptick' under Les Miles

“I know one thing. We’ve gotten better,” Bill Self said of KU football under Les Miles. “Gosh dang. We’ve gotten better. It’s proud to see as a fan, that you can see we’re on an uptick.” By Benton Smith

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Big 12 coaches notebook: Texas Tech coach Chris Beard enjoying perks from title game appearance

Kansas City, Mo. — Life has been different for Chris Beard since leading Texas Tech to the national championship game just six months ago.

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Kansas Basketball Notebook: PG Dotson wearing walking boot, listed as day to day

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas sophomore Devon Dotson rolled his ankle during Tuesday’s practice and has spent the past couple of days with a walking boot on his right foot. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 22

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Big 12 women's basketball coaches prepare for strenuous conference slate

With turnover in college basketball becoming more prevalent with the addition of the transfer portal and players leaving due to graduation or turning professional, coaches constantly have to adjust.

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KU's defensive struggles continued in loss at Texas

For all the relatively positive vibes a last-second defeat at Texas seemed to generate for the downtrodden Kansas football program, the Jayhawks obviously encountered some defensive issues yet again in a 50-48 loss. As Les Miles succinctly put it during his Saturday night postgame press conference while glancing at the statistics in front of him, and reading that the Longhorns finished with 638 total yards, “That’s too much.” By Benton Smith

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KU's Azubuike, Dotson earn AP All-American votes

Already recognized as two of the top players in the Big 12 Conference, Kansas players Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson were honored on a national level on Tuesday. By Matt Tait

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Former KU guard Quentin Grimes cleared to play for Houston this season

After transferring to Houston following his freshman season at Kansas, guard Quentin Grimes appears to be poised to play for the Cougars this season. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks pick up 2020 commitment from another Louisiana prospect

With the early December signing period now just a couple months away, the Kansas football team added another commitment to its already crowded 2020 recruiting class.

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KU football will have an early Big 12 road game in 2020

The second season of the Les Miles era at the University of Kansas will jump into Big 12 action in a hurry. By Benton Smith

Peters repeats as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

For the second-straight week Kansas goalkeeper Sarah Peters was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Monday, October 21

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KU announces multiyear agreement to reignite Border Showdown rivalry with Missouri

The Border War is back. Officially called The Border Showdown these days, the annual clash between longtime and bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri will return to the men’s basketball schedule beginning with the 2020-21 season. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jeremiah McCullough out for KU's matchup with Tech

The Kansas football team’s defense will be without another starter when the Jayhawks face Texas Tech for homecoming on Saturday. By Benton Smith

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Les Miles: Game clock didn't start on time late in KU loss at Texas

Usually understated during his weekly press conferences, Kansas football coach Les Miles heard something Monday afternoon that stirred him to exuberance. The subject material didn’t have anything to do with the Jayhawks’ performance this past weekend at Texas, either. Rather it was a matter of a procedural oversight on that Saturday night stage that appeared to go UT’s way. By Benton Smith

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Jayhawks ranked 3rd in preseason AP Top 25

Bill Self’s Kansas basketball team will open the regular season ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press poll. By Matt Tait

Sunday, October 20

Smagina falls in quarterfinals; Kansas concludes play at ITA Central Regional Championship

Kansas women’s tennis concluded play Sunday afternoon at the ITA Central Regionals. Sophomore Sonia Smagina advanced to the tournament’s quarterfinals in the singles main draw before ending her run there.

Tadokoro wins Cardinal Cup; Jayhawks finish 5th overall

Junior Sera Tadokoro was an unstoppable force at the Louisville Cardinal Cup Sunday afternoon, as she took down the entire field on her way to her first-career tournament victory. The KU women's golf team finished fifth in the team standings.

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'I'd say A+': KU offense prolific in Brent Dearmon's OC debut

The Kansas football team lost on the last play of the game in offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon’s sideline debut Saturday at No. 15 Texas. Even so, the offensive output fortified the Jayhawks’ conviction that the midseason switch to Dearmon will make a significant difference moving forward. By Benton Smith

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A Tom Herman question unintentionally motivated Carter Stanley and Jayhawks

In college football, motivational ploys know no bounds. And it appears one such behind-the-scenes tactic carried out by the Kansas staff this past week left its mark on quarterback Carter Stanley. By Benton Smith

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Late 2-point conversion at Texas gave Jayhawks confidence

In the exhilarating moment, the Kansas Jayhawks were convinced they had done it. They arrived at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday convinced they could knock off No. 15 Texas. And when KU quarterback Carter Stanley found receiver Daylon Charlot in the back of the burnt orange south end zone for a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, the underdogs felt justified in their confidence. By Benton Smith

Saturday, October 19

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Matt Tait: Moral victories have their place with Kansas football

Moral victories suck. By definition, they’re a cold, empty reminder that the one reason all teams suit up did not happen. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally worthless. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Freshman QB Torry Locklin earns first career snap in KU's 50-48 loss at Texas

Austin, Texas — Although still listed on the game day roster as a quarterback, Kansas football freshman Torry Locklin took all of his pregame reps with the Jayhawks’ running backs.

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Despite late-game heroics, KU drops 50-48 decision at No. 15 Texas

Austin, Texas — Les Miles didn’t shake up his coaching staff in the middle of the season to play it conservatively with a chance to knock off a top-15 ranked Texas team on the road. Benton Smith

Kansas continues ITA Central Regional Championships

Kansas women’s tennis continued to play well at ITA Central Regional Championships on Saturday.

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KUsports Live: Kansas football at No. 15 Texas

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Jayhawks compete at Pre-National Invitational

At the midway point of the 2019 cross country season, the Kansas men's and women's team took to the LaVern Gibson XC Course Saturday morning, where the Jayhawks went up against some of top individuals, and teams, from across the nation.

KU volleyball earns three-set victory over TCU

Kansas volleyball was able to gain its second Big 12 victory of the season with a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) over TCU inside Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

Friday, October 18

Jayhawks blank Wildcats in Sunflower Showdown

The game winner came just two minutes in, but the Kansas women’s soccer team added two more goals for good measure to claim a 3-0 win over in-state rival Kansas State Friday night at Rock Chalk Park.

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KU's Azubuike named to Abdul-Jabbar Watch List

For the second season in a row Azubuike on Friday was named one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabaar Center of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Game Day Breakdown: KU football at No. 15 Texas

No, the Jayhawks aren’t completely overhauling their offense in the middle of the season. But head coach Les Miles decided to fire offensive coordinator Les Koenning and replace him with Brent Dearmon, so changes should be expected as KU returns from a week off to play at No. 15 Texas. By Benton Smith

Thursday, October 17

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Quick adjustment period has helped Tristan Enaruna adapt to KU basketball team

It’s been a quick adjustment period for Kansas forward Tristan Enaruna after coming to KU from the Netherlands in May. By Braden Shaw

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Inconsistency at root of KU offense's issues before OC shakeup

KU football's offense needs to improve significantly in the second half of the season, but Les Miles sn’t interested in broadcasting the ways new O.C. Brent Dearmon plans to go about making that happen. A head coach doesn’t fire an O.C. six games into his tenure if the offense is humming along. Examine the statistical output from KU’s first six games and it’s easy to spot warts. By Benton Smith

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Coaches pick Kansas as preseason favorite in Big 12 Conference

One day after naming Kansas center Udoka Azubuike as the top player in the Big 12 Conference, the league’s coaches pegged Azubuike’s team as the one to beat during the 2019-20 season. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks still considering possible redshirt for senior forward Mitch Lightfoot

As the Kansas men’s basketball team plows ahead toward the start of the regular season, senior forward Mitch Lightfoot remains in limbo. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, October 16

KU volleyball falls to Texas Tech in five sets

The Kansas volleyball team fell to Texas Tech in five sets Wednesday night inside United Supermarkets Arena.

Chen named Big 12 Diver of the Week

Kansas diver Jiayu Chen was named the Big 12’s Women’s Diver of the Week by the league office Wednesday afternoon.

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3-star WR decommits from KU football's 2020 class

It lasted close to eight months, but as of Wednesday the connection appears to be severed between the first Class of 2020 prospect to commit to Kansas and Les Miles' coaching staff. By Benton Smith

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KU's Azubuike named Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year

PG Devon Dotson also named to first team

Plagued by injuries throughout his first three seasons with the program, Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike enters his senior season as the cream of the crop in the Big 12 Conference. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, October 15

Jayhawks finish in top-10 at Palmetto Intercollegiate

The Kansas women’s golf team fought the tough course and competition to finish ninth place at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, South Carolina Tuesday afternoon.

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KU signed Brent Dearmon to 6-year contract, guaranteed through 2021 season

The third offensive coordinator Les Miles has hired since taking over the Kansas football program in November of 2018, Brent Dearmon’s contract could keep the recently promoted senior offensive consultant with the Jayhawks through the 2025 season. Dearmon’s first two years — which include the remainder of this season, and all of the 2020 and 2021 seasons — are guaranteed and will pay him $250,000 each of those years. By Benton Smith

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New KU commitment Tyon Grant-Foster close friends with current Jayhawk Christian Braun

Longtime friendship between new KU commitment Tyon Grant-Foster and current Jayhawk Christian Braun helped lead the juco standout to Kansas. By Matt Tait

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KU defense has much to fix in 2nd half of season

Both before and after his Kansas football team’s midseason bye week, head coach Les Miles spoke of the importance of self scouting during the Jayhawks’ relative downtime. However, as often is the case with Miles, he didn’t allow outsiders much of a peek behind the curtain in terms of how this past week’s practices benefited KU’s defense. By Benton Smith

KU goalkeeper Sarah Peters named Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Kansas goalkeeper Sarah Peters was named the Big 12’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week by the league office Tuesday morning.

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Former KU track star and Olympian Diamond Dixon arrested in Lawrence

A former University of Kansas track and field athlete who was part of the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 games in London was arrested in Lawrence early Tuesday morning.

Monday, October 14

Tadokoro leads KU golf on day two of Palmetto Intercollegiate

Sera Tadokoro powered the Kansas women’s golf team with consistent shooting and helped move the Jayhawks to 11th place in the standings on day two of the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

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Notebook: Les Miles says Jayhawks needed change at OC

Whether it was shortcomings with his game plans, individual instruction or in-game play-calling — or some other reason — that cost former Kansas football offensive coordinator Les Koenning his job, head coach Les Miles didn’t choose to share that information Monday afternoon, during his first press conference since firing Koenning. By Benton Smith

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With emphasis on RPO, QB Carter Stanley feeling like a PG

Carter Stanley doesn’t consider himself a skilled basketball player. The senior Kansas quarterback has spent most of his time since about eighth grade focusing his athletic conquests on football, after all. During the past week, though, when Stanley runs the Jayhawks’ offense in practices, under the guidance of new coordinator Brent Dearmon, the QB can picture himself as a distributor on the hardwood. By Benton Smith

Sunday, October 13

Jayhawks finish second at the Big 12 Match Play Championship

The Kansas men’s golf team placed second at the Big 12 Match Play Championship at the Houston Oaks Golf Club in Houston, Texas on Sunday.

KU women's golf finishes round one at Palmetto Intercollegiate

The Kansas women’s golf team fell behind a competitive field Saturday afternoon on a tough Turtle Point Golf Course during day one of the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Kansas soccer records draw with No. 14 Texas Tech

More than 100 minutes was not enough to separate the Kansas Jayhawks and No. 14 Texas Tech Red Raiders as the two squads played to a 0-0 draw Sunday afternoon at John Walker Soccer Complex.

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KU's Pooka Williams starting to feel like dynamic rusher again

Ahead of the Kansas football team’s midseason bye week, the offense didn’t perform at a high enough level against Oklahoma to satisfy the Jayhawks. But they at least saw running back Pooka Williams start to look like his old self again. By Benton Smith

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KU newcomer Isaiah Moss thinks KU's outside shooting could surprise

While he was brought in specifically to give the Jayhawks a serious outside shooting threat, senior grad transfer Isaiah Moss believes the Kansas lineup has more firepower than people may realize. By Matt Tait

Saturday, October 12

Jayhawks finish pool play at the Big 12 Match Play Championship

After two days and four rounds, the Kansas men’s golf team will await the final round of pool play of the Big 12 Match Play Championships at the Houston Oaks Golf Club on Sunday in Houston, Texas.

Seniors show out on senior day for KU swimming

It was senior day for the Kansas swimming and diving team on Saturday as part of the second day of the Kansas Double Dual meet against South Dakota and Missouri State. The team sent a strong message by winning both matchups in convincing fashion with a 261-87 win over South Dakota and a 244-101 victory over Missouri State inside Robinson Natatorium.

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'More work to do': Andrew Parchment's slog through offseason set him up for success

It was January, and Andrew Parchment didn’t have Timberlands, snow boots, nor anything of the sort. So he put on a pair of slides over some socks and trudged from the student apartments over to KU’s football facility in order to sharpen his skills. Comfortably the Jayhawks’ leading receiver at the midway point of the season, Parchment thinks the time he invested in himself shortly after joining the program this past winter as a junior college transfer paid off. By Benton Smith

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KU expected to use more RPO plays after promoting Brent Dearmon to OC

Those that have played for Brent Dearmon have become all too familiar with one particular bible verse. “No one can serve two masters.” Shane Jackson

Friday, October 11

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Zone defense could be in the cards for Kansas basketball this season

Believe it or not, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is already talking about playing zone defense. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: QB Carter Stanley the big winner in KU's Brent Dearmon promotion

Facing yet another new opportunity and fresh start, Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley picked up a big win during the Jayhawks’ bye week. By Matt Tait

Thursday, October 10

KU volleyball defeats West Virginia to earn first Big 12 win

The Kansas volleyball team defeated West Virginia in five sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17, 15-13) Thursday night at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena.

KU soccer earns 1-0 win over Oklahoma

Thanks to some late-game theatrics, the Kansas women’s soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Oklahoma Thursday night on the road.

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'He’s a winner': KU O.C. Brent Dearmon ready for first shot at running a Power 5 offense

Nobody seems surprised by Brent Dearmon’s sudden rise up the coaching ladder. Shane Jackson

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Matt Tait: New O.C. Brent Dearmon has all the tools to spark the Kansas offense

It takes about 10 seconds for anyone talking to him to get a feel for why the Kansas football players like new offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon so much. By Matt Tait

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KU freshman Christian Braun 'better than we thought' in eyes of Kansas coaches

There still is a long way to go before Kansas basketball coach Bill Self settles in on a set rotation and decides which players will play what roles for the 2019-20 Jayhawks. But after listening to Self talk at the team’s annual media day on Wednesday, you’d have to be crazy to think that freshman guard Christian Braun won’t be a part of the fun. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, October 9

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KU's Self calls California's Fair Pay to Play law 'a very positive step'

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday spoke favorably about the new law in California that allows student-athletes in the state to profit on their name, likeness and image, calling the law “a very, very positive step” that puts the pay-for-play issue “on the front porch of everybody involved with the NCAA.” By Matt Tait

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Bill Self: Late Night performance not intended to taunt NCAA

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday that it was not his intent to taunt the NCAA or anyone else with the promotional video and performance by Snoop Dogg at Late Night last week. By Matt Tait

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Self scouting, reflecting big part of bye week for Jayhawks

Even before Les Miles decided to make a drastic change on his coaching staff, firing offensive coordinator Les Koenning and promoting Brent Dearmon to O.C., the Kansas football head coach knew the Jayhawks’ bye week would be a critical juncture of the season.

Tuesday, October 8

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Snoop Dogg says KU shouldn't be surprised by his Allen Fieldhouse show

Snoop Dogg may have two G’s in his name, but the hip-hop artist said he certainly didn’t make any promises to make his recent show at Allen Fieldhouse G-rated.

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Leaner, more explosive Azubuike eager to bring rim protection to Kansas lineup

Although the official roster still lists him at 7 feet tall and 270 pounds, the word around the Kansas basketball program is that senior center Udoka Azubuike has dropped some serious weight. By Matt Tait

Monday, October 7

Smagina advances in ITA All-American Championships qualifying draw

Sonia Smagina won her first match in the qualifying draw of the Saint Francis Health Systems ITA All-American Championships Monday.

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KU looks to young guards for leadership this coming season

With losing nine players — including seven seniors — from the 2018-19 team, Kansas women’s basketball has emphasized filling gaps this offseason.

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KU cornerback arrested in Missouri on suspicion of failure to appear

A University of Kansas football player was arrested Monday morning in Missouri.

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KU chancellor: Legislation not the best way to change NCAA rules on pay for athletes

State and federal law is not the best way to change NCAA regulations regarding athletes receiving compensation through endorsements, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said.

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Les Miles hoping for more consistency on offense following midseason coaching change

With it being the bye week, Kansas head coach Les Miles does not have his usual weekly press conference. That means the Big 12 conference call is the only time that Miles will speak this week, which took place one day after he announced a change at offensive coordinator.

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‘College football is ELECTRIC:’ Video of woman crocheting before KU football game goes viral

A busy news week for Kansas Athletics continued Saturday, when a video of a woman crocheting before the football game went viral.

Sunday, October 6

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Matt Tait: Les Miles' move to name Brent Dearmon KU's new OC only works if he lets it

Give Kansas football coach Les Miles credit for making the difficult move to part ways with offensive coordinator Les Koenning. Now for the easy part — slide out of the way and let Brent Dearmon do his thing. By Matt Tait

Smagina advances to ITA All-American Championships qualifying draw

Kansas sophomore Sonia Smagina advanced to the qualifying draw of the Saint Francis Health Systems ITA All-American Championships Sunday.

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Confident, comfortable David McCormack makes strong season debut at Late Night

Fans who have heard all offseason about Kansas sophomore David McCormack’s expanded range got to see it firsthand during the Jayhawks’ 12-minute scrimmage at Late Night in the Phog on Friday night. By Matt Tait

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KU football promotes Brent Dearmon to offensive coordinator, Les Koenning relieved of duties

KU’s offense could look a lot different in the second half of the season.

KU rowing brings home 3 medals from the Head of the Oklahoma

After two days of racing, the Jayhawks took home three medals at the Head of the Oklahoma regatta at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.

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Stephon Robinson’s late-game production helps KU offense save face

With a 25-point home loss to No. 6 Oklahoma still taking up space in their minds, Kansas football players and head coach Les Miles didn’t really have any momentum to cling to while heading into their first bye week of the season. However, receiver Stephon Robinson provided one positive development the Jayhawks (2-4 overall, 0-3 Big 12) can take with them into the second half of the season.

Saturday, October 5

Kansas drops four-set match to Oklahoma

Kansas was unable to come away with its first Big 12 victory of the season on Saturday against Oklahoma in McCasland Field House

Kansas cross country men, women sweep team titles at Rim Rock meet

The Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams both won group titles at Rim Rock Collegiate Challenge on a wet and rainy Saturday outside of Lawrence.

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Notebook: Les Miles looks to move forward after loss of Khalil Herbert

Following a 45-20 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma, Kansas football coach Les Miles had no interest in revisiting the departure of former senior running back Khalil Herbert.

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Late first half sequence looms large during KU’s 45-20 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma

Even under the best of circumstances, Kansas was facing a daunting task when it welcomed sixth-ranked Oklahoma to town.

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KU's offensive inconsistency leads to 45-20 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma

The bloodbath some may have expected Saturday out of a matchup pitting offensive guru and Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, his latest Heisman Trophy-aspiring quarterback, Jalen Hurts, and the No. 6 Sooners against an overmatched Kansas team didn’t turn out obscenely gory.

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KU falls flat in 45-20 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma

Facing a Heisman trophy contender and a top-10 team is no small feat, meaning Kansas had its hands full before the game even kicked off.

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KUsports Live: Kansas football vs. No. 6 Oklahoma

Follow along during the game with our crew and the community.

Friday, October 4

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Self, Jayhawks celebrate start of new season with big expectations at Late Night

Never one to have trouble firing up an Allen Fieldhouse crowd, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self took his hype machine to a whole new level on Friday night. By Matt Tait

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KU athletic director apologizes for risque Snoop Dogg show at Late Night in the Phog

Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long apologized Friday for a Late Night in the Phog performance by rapper Snoop Dogg that included stripper poles on the Allen Fieldhouse floor and fake money shot over the heads of prospective recruits.

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Benton Smith: Jayhawks, fans enter season without NCAA allegations on their minds

This Kansas basketball season is going to be a movie. And a packed Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night proved the program’s fans are ready to suspend their disbelief, throw down some popcorn and take in the show. By Benton Smith

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KU football player granted diversion for charges involving teens at bar; court seals affidavit

A University of Kansas linebacker charged after his arrest with two teen girls at a popular Lawrence bar has been granted a diversion agreement through the Douglas County district attorney’s office, court records show.

KU denies open records request seeking more information about NCAA allegations

While the University of Kansas has publicly released the list of recruiting allegations the NCAA has made against the school’s basketball program, it is declining to release other basic information about the case.

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Game Day Breakdown: KU football vs. No. 6 Oklahoma

Nothing against captain Kyle Thompson and his 46.1 yards per punt, but the less Kansas sees of him on the field against Oklahoma the better. Thompson made regular appearances for the Jayhawks at TCU, punting nine times as KU struggled to stay on the field. A repeat of that type of showing against Oklahoma would spell complete disaster for Les Miles’ team. By Benton Smith

Thursday, October 3

KU soccer suffers 5-2 loss to Oklahoma State

The Kansas women’s soccer team surrendered four scores to begin the match in an eventual 5-2 road loss to Oklahoma State Thursday night.

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Apologetic Khalil Herbert: 'I intended to come back' to play for KU in 2020

Former Kansas running back Khalil Herbert finally shared Thursday evening his side of what led to him leaving KU’s football program. By Benton Smith

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How Kansas basketball landed Snoop Dogg for Late Night

Despite what you might have seen in a promotional video earlier this year involving KU’s Les Miles and rapper Rick Ross, scheduling a world-famous musician for an event at KU is not as easy as a head coach simply picking up the phone.

Wednesday, October 2

KU volleyball drops road match at Iowa State

In its second Big 12 matchup of the season, Kansas suffered a 3-0 loss (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) at Iowa State Wednesday night inside Hilton Coliseum.

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'I've got to change how I run': After game of career lows, RB Pooka Williams says he's not worried about stats

“Linebackers, when they play us they don’t play true to their game. They just see a hole and fill a hole." In other words, when KU hands the ball off or tosses it to Pooka Williams, defenses are selling out to stop him. By Benton Smith

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Khalil Herbert no longer member of KU football program

The Kansas football team’s Khalil Herbert predicament reached its seemingly inevitable conclusion Wednesday, as head coach Les Miles announced the senior running back is no longer with the program.

Tuesday, October 1

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'I think they dreamed big': Les Miles recalls what made his past teams successful vs. Oklahoma

It’s easy for Les Miles to look back fondly at the times he led a football team onto the field to take on powerhouse Oklahoma. Miles, in his first year as the head coach at the University of Kansas, hasn’t faced the Sooners in nearly 15 years. But his underdog Oklahoma State teams gave rival OU enough fits when Miles led the Cowboys that his mostly favorable memories also include at least one instance of feeling some Bedlam-fueled wrath. By Benton Smith